Mbabazi Promises Health Insurance, Abolition of Direct Taxes Top story

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Addressing voters at the various stops, Mbabazi noted that Ugandans spend a lot of money on health services because the health system has collapsed.

Independent presidential candidate Amama Mbabazi, has promised to introduce affordable health insurance for all and abolish direct taxes.

Mbabazi made the pledge at a series of rallies in Lukaya, Kalungu town council, Kyamuliibwa, Kawoko, Bukomansimbi town council and Butenga on Wednesday.
Addressing voters at the various stops, Mbabazi noted that Ugandans spend a lot of money on health services because the health system has collapsed. According to Mbabazi, to save Ugandans the burden of spending heavily on health care, he plans to introduce medical insurance that will benefit all citizens.
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He also promised to do away with most of the direct taxes when he assumes power come 2016.
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Michael Miiro, a voter in Masaka says he is excited about Mbabazi's promises. He wants Mbabazi to improve the conditions of hospitals and health centers immediately he assumes power. Miiro says once conditions of health centers are improved, Ugandans will be able to access better medical care.
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Josephine Namusiitwa, a resident of Kalungu says she is happy with Mbabazi's promise of abolishing direct taxes. She says as a trader, she spends most of her earnins on paying taxes.
According to Namusiitwa in addition to paying for a trading license, she pays more taxes whenever she goes to purchase goods, which reduces her profit margin.

Earlier on, there was a standoff at Lukaya when a group of NRM attempted to disrupt Mbabazi's campaign rally but they were dispersed by police. 

Mbabazi's campaign team accused Vincent Ssempijja, the State Minister for Agriculture of mobilising the youth to disorganize their rally. Ssempijja couldn't be reached for comment as he didn't pick repeated calls from our reporter.
Speaking about the incident, Mbabazi said he is bitter with the repeated provocation by the NRM party members directed at him. 


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.